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Wedding at Union Trust in Philadelphia

Wedding at Union Trust in Philadelphia

Who? : Stephanie + Nickolas

What? : Outdoor wedding ceremony, portraits around historic Philadelphia, and a reception inside a renovated bank

Where? :  Hotel Monaco, the Powel House, and Union Trust.

When? : June 2018

Clearly this summer is “photograph lots of weddings in renovated old banks” month!  From Capitale to Cipriani and now over to Philadelphia’s Union Trust, it’s been a gorgeous month of soaring ceilings, expansive spaces, and excellent renovations!  Stephanie and Nickolas had a day that was pure Philadelphia joy from start to finish.  From their preparations in the popular Hotel Monaco to the gorgeous outdoor Greek ceremony at the Powel House, their charming indoor portraits at Powel surrounded by beautiful old architecture to their outdoor portraits around classic Philadelphia landmarks, ending at their reception inside the iconic Union Trust building, the entire day was full of history, sunshine, and sweetness.

Here are a few of my favorite images from the day:

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Summer Wedding at Cipriani 42nd Street

Summer Wedding at Cipriani 42nd Street

Who? : Abigail + Matt

What? :Synagogue wedding and indoor reception in a converted bank building

Where? : Cipriani 42nd Street

When? : May 2018

So far this summer has been full of converted bank venues and rainy days!  Thankfully the rain held off for this particular event, and I’m so glad it did!  This warm, wonderful couple are as funny as they come.  They got married surrounded by their equally funny families, collegiate improv teams, and some gorgeous summery decor.  From the nonstop laughter in the bridal prep room to the groom’s brother’s toast delivered mostly in rap, the whole day was fun, funny, and bright from start to finish.  This summer wedding at Cipriani 42nd Street was practically perfect in every way!

Here are a few of my favorite images from the day:wedding ring at cipriani 42nd street bridal suite cipriani 42nd street getting ready cipriani 42nd street bridal prep at cipriani 42nd street wedding portraits at cipriani 42nd street outside wedding portraits at cipriani 42nd street first look cipriani 42nd street ketubah signing cipriani 42nd street wedding ceremony cipriani 42nd street summer wedding at cipriani 42nd street wedding at cipriani 42nd street reception at cipriani 42nd street first dance cipriani 42nd street hora cipriani 42nd street cipriani 42nd street

Rainy day wedding at Capitale

Wedding at Capitale

Who? : Dani + Jordan

What? : Indoor wedding and reception in a former bank in Manhattan

Where? : Capitale

When? : May 2018

What do you get when you combine a rainy summer day, a converted bank building, a fantastic dance party, and some of the warmest people I’ve ever met?  You get Dani and Jordan’s wedding day.  From the first time I met this dynamic couple I knew their day was going to be full of sweetness and light – and Dani’s infectious laugh.  I’ve always been a fan of the dark, dreamy architecture of Manhattan’s converted bank wedding venues, and this couple used the space to perfection.

Here are a few of my favorite images from the day:

Summer elopement at Brooklyn Bridge Park

Summer elopement at Brooklyn Bridge Park

Who? : Guy + Jamie

What? : Manhattan City Hall ceremony with portraits on the waterfront in Brooklyn

Where? : Brooklyn Bridge Park, Brooklyn, New York

When? : May 2018

As a wedding photographer, being hired by another wedding photographer is a huge honor.  Guy and Jamie had the perfect New York wedding day : a first look in a pretty park, saying “I do” in the historic City Clerk’s Office, a few quick family pictures on the city street, and then off to Brooklyn for portraits with the views of Manhattan in the distance.  Simple, sweet, and oh so just right!

Here are just a few of my favorite images of the day:

Wedding at Rock Creek Gardens

Wedding at Rock Creek Gardens

Who? : Jocinda + Keith

What? : Outdoor garden ceremony and tented reception

Where? : Rock Creek Gardens in Puyallup, Washington

When? : August 2017

Being hired to photograph the wedding of another wedding photographer is an extraordinarily huge honor.  Jocinda and Keith are both photographers, which made the honor doubly incredible.  I was blown away by the beauty of Rock Creek Gardens, the incredibly sweet way Jocinda and Keith are around each other, and the sheer brilliance of the light in Puyallup.  The air had a dreamy haze because of wildfires in Canada, and everything shimmered in the unseasonably warm temperatures.  Jocinda and Keith planned a day with beautiful details, plenty of time for sweet portraits, a faithful and heartfelt ceremony, and a reception under a crisp white tent.  It was a gorgeous day, made even more beautiful by the two amazing people who were married under that brilliantly hot Washington summer sun.

Here is a slideshow teaser of the day:

And here are just a brief few of my favorite images:
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Summer Wedding at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden

Summer Wedding at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden

Who? : Rita + Andre

What? : Outdoor garden ceremony and indoor greenhouse reception at an botanic garden…in the rain!

Where? : Brooklyn Botanic Garden, Brooklyn, New York

When? : June 2017

This gorgeous venue has such a place in my heart.  Partly it’s because I live within walking distance, partly because it’s just so dreamily, insistently perfect.  I have never seen the rain held off from a wedding ceremony by sheer will and determination, but on this day I did!  The downpours stopped precisely twice : once for the portraits of Rita and Andre together, and once for the brief outdoor ceremony. It was an honor to document the wedding of these two dynamic individuals.  From Rita’s impeccable red lips to Andre’s gorgeous heart, the day was a dream from start to finish.  (There was even a rainbow.  Because of course there was!)

Here are just a few of my favorite images of the day:

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To see some more images from Brooklyn Botanic Gardens weddings, click here, here, and here.

Summer Wedding at Oheka Castle

Summer Wedding at Oheka Castle

Who? : Nikki + Andrew

What? : Wedding outdoors at a castle in Long Island, reception indoors in the ballroom.

Where? : Oheka Castle

When? : June 2017

I have been completely delighted with Nikki ever since our first phone call.  In fact, the first note that I ever took about her wedding was “Bride is marvelous.”  I have loved every second of working with this fantastic couple.  From photographing their intimate weekday church ceremony to photographing their wedding day at Long Island’s historic Oheka Castle, every second spent with this couple is a fantastic one.  Nikki and Andrew light up the room, and it’s been an honor to work with them!

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Wedding at Philadelphia’s Logan Hotel

Wedding at Philadelphia’s Logan Hotel

Who? : Alison + Jeremy

What? : Wedding in a historic basilica, portraits at the Rodan Museum, and reception in a modern hotel ballroom.

Where? : Wedding at the Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul and reception at The Logan

When? : June 2017

Alison and Jeremy have been a delight to work with from the very start.  From our first in-person meeting to their glorious sunset engagement session, it’s been a joy working with these two and their incredible families.  I have loved The Logan in Philadelphia for years, having gotten ready there for my own wedding back when it was the Four Seasons.  I also well remember the first wedding I ever shot at the Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul.  The combination of those two spectacular venues makes for a very iconic Philly wedding, and the addition of a quick stop at the Rodin Museum for portraits made this day nothing short of perfect.  The pouring rain  that had threatened all day stopped the second the ceremony was over, and the skies opened up for some gorgeous light during their portraits together, which was truly a sight to see.

Alison and Jeremy, thank you so much for having us be a part of your day.  You truly had a dream team of collaborators working on your wedding, from Evantine to Eric at the Logan, and it’s always wonderful to work with such amazing artists!

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Wedding at the Ritz Carlton Battery Park NYC

Wedding at the Ritz Carlton Battery Park NYC

Who? : Monica + James

What? : Wedding in a hotel ballroom, portraits in Battery Park, and a reception in a hotel ballroom.

Where? : Wedding and reception at the Ritz Carlton Battery Park

When? : May 2017

When you’re worried about heat on your wedding day and wake up to the perfect cool spring day in NYC, what can go wrong?  Not a single thing went wrong at Monica and James’ Ritz Carlton Battery Park wedding.  From the promptness of hair and makeup to the brilliant light for the first look, the unexpected quiet privacy of the portrait location to the utter sweetness of the ceremony, this day was warmth and light from the first moment I walked into Monica’s hotel room.  It was a great honor to spend the day with this remarkable couple, their phenomenal families, and their incredibly sweet friends.

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Wedding at Old Westbury Gardens and Pine Hollow Country Club

Wedding at Old Westbury and Pine Hollow

Who? : Eroulia + Michael

What? : Greek wedding at a church, pictures at a historic garden, and reception at a country club

Where? : Wedding at the Church of Holy Resurrection in Glen Head, pictures at Old Westbury Gardens in Westbury, New York, and reception at Pine Hollow Country Club in East Norwich, New York.

When? : May 2017

This incredible day was flawless from start to finish.  From their engagement session to the wedding day itself, Eroulia and Michael were a delight to work with.  We began the day at Eroulia’s parents’ house, moved to the church for their gorgeous Greek wedding ceremony, and then went to the extraordinary Old Westbury Gardens for their wedding day portraits.  After that it was time to go to Pine Hollow Country Club for a few more family portraits and then their cocktail hour and reception.  It was a joyous day full of dancing, love, and phenomenal nods to their Greek heritage.

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Winter Wedding at the Kimmel Center

Wedding at the Kimmel Center

Who? : Laura + Greg

What? : Winter wedding in a modern performing arts center

Where?The Kimmel Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

When? : March 2017

This winter wedding at the Kimmel Center was freezing cold outside but warm and welcoming inside! The bride started her day at the beautiful Ritz Carlton in Philadelphia’s famed City Center.  From there, the bride and groom went with their wedding party to Rittenhouse Square for some portraits before heading to the Kimmel Center for their ketubah signing, ceremony, and reception.

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Wedding vendors:

  • Photographer : Susan Stripling
  • Event Coordinator : Jamie Nadeau, Lauren James Events
  • Hotel/Lodging : Ritz-Carlton Philadelphia
  • Hair : Jill Kozar/Up Your Do
  • Makeup : Make Me Up Pretty/Victoria Roggio
  • Videography : Tim Sudall/Allure Films
  • Entertainment : Clay Sears/American Deluxe
  • Bridal Gown : Elizabeth Fillmore/Gabriella’s
  • Florist :Petals Lane
  • Stationary : Pen and Paper

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Wedding at the Central Park Boathouse

There is something so special about a wedding at the Central Park Boathouse.  There are few venues that embody the iconic New York feel of the Loeb Boathouse, and few places in New York with such a brilliant park right outside the front door.  A feature in many movies and TV shows set in New York such as Gossip Girl, 27 Dresses, and more, Bethesda Terrace is one of my favorite portrait locations in Manhattan – and it’s adjacent to the Boathouse!  It’s such a seamless transition from the portrait session to the reception, and I can think of few locations in New York with such ease and beauty.

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Before the wedding at the Central Park Boathouse, we started the day at the elegantly modern Mark Hotel. I’m a huge fan of the geometric floors in the lobby, which are carried throughout each perfectly appointed suite. The bride’s suite had brilliant natural light. It was the perfect backdrop for the getting-ready part of the day!
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How exceptional are these Chiara Ferragni shoes? You can remove the little red heart and velcro on dozens of other quilted symbols. The bride wore these amazing sparkly silver shoes to her wedding reception when it was time to retire her Stuart Weitzman heels for the night!
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Alex Jenkins of Taffeta Hair and Makeup Design was on hand to create the bride’s wedding day look. She was also there post-ceremony to touch the bride up before family portraits. She did a marvelous job!
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Just after she was dressed, the bride put her engagement ring back on. Many brides opt to wear their engagement ring on their right hand for the wedding ceremony. This way the wedding band goes on easily. After the ceremony, the engagement ring gets switched back to the left hand, and rests atop the new wedding band!
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The bride wore these delicate Stuart Weitzman heels for the ceremony, portraits, and most of the reception. I love when beautiful light presents itself at just the right time, which is what happened here! We placed the shoes into the pool of light, and let the bride step in when she was ready!
first look with dad on the wedding day
While the “first look” trend between couples has been popular for years now, the “first look” with the father of the bride is a newer trend that I particularly love. It’s really sweet when a father sees his daughter as a bride for the first time. This particular “first look” did not disappoint. The bride and her family are wonderful, loving, warm people, and this moment is such a beautiful representation of the amazing relationships they have with each other.
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After the bride saw her father for the first time, her grandmother came into the room. It was amazing to see her greet her family. As a wedding photographer, you can make sure your clients are in great light, you can direct what door people enter from, but you cannot create moments like this without natural emotion. These moments are my clients’ own, and I am always so honored to witness and document them.
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The moments went on and on, and all I had to do was watch and witness. The bride’s mother and father are incredible people, her brother is warm and funny, and her sister is joyous and sweet. I truly can’t express what an honor it was to get to know these fine people and document their day for them.
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The ceremony took place at St. Bart’s church in Manhattan. St. Barts is a gorgeous church with soaring ceilings, amazing architecture, and a beautiful long aisle! I always adore the moments just after the wedding ceremony when the couple recesses back down the aisle. There are always chances for wonderful images like this one! I love how the groom is looking at his new wife!
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Being a wedding photographer means that I always have to be ready for moments. Sometimes they’re in your face, and you can’t miss them. Sometimes you have to go looking. I followed the bride and groom after their recessional, and found them alone in a small side chapel of St. Barts. It is never my intention to disrupt such tender moments. For that reason, I stayed further back with a longer lens and just let the bride and groom be alone. What a marvelously tender few minutes they had before the family formals began!
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I can honestly tell you that THIS is the coolest “going away” idea EVER. The bride and groom created wedding programs that folded into paper airplanes. When they exited St. Barts, the guests threw the airplanes. It was a sweet, fun moment and a wonderful departure from the usual rice or confetti!
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Before heading to Central Park for more portraits, we took a few minutes to take pictures of the bride and groom together in St. Barts. I love finding amazing light in unconventional places!
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Images with Manhattan in the background were important to both the bride and the groom. There are so many iconic backgrounds around St. Barts. We were able to work in the neighborhood for a bit, creating portraits in the streets and on the sidewalks, before heading out to Central Park.
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The first thing I look for when creating a portrait is the light. This gorgeous pocket of light inside St. Barts made for the perfect setting for a bridal portrait. I love the bride’s stunning Selia Yang wedding gown and delicate veil.
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It was time for a few more moments amongst the yellow daffodils, crazy city traffic, and New York background before we hopped into the limo and made our way into Central Park.
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Sometimes cars in the background can be a very distracting element to a wedding photograph. Sometimes they can be a beautiful addition!
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Sara Landon and her team at SL Events went way above and beyond being your average wedding coordinator. I can’t think of many event coordinators who would carry a bride across a fence so that she can get into a great place for a wedding day portrait!
bethesda fountain wedding pictures
Bethesda Fountain in Central Park at sunset is nothing short of magical. When the light pours through the water and surrounds a couple on their wedding day, well, it’s just perfect. Don’t you agree?
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The bride and groom had the most wonderfully vivacious bridal party. When Rob Adams of Rob Adams Films asked them to toss their bouquets, they threw them so hard that one actually exploded on the ground! Don’t worry, no bouquets were damaged during this group hug!
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We spent a wonderful hour in Central Park taking portraits of the bride and groom, as well as some portraits of the bridal party. Once the sun had fully set, then it was time to head to Loeb Boathouse for the cocktail hour and wedding reception.
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Sara Landon and SL Events worked seamlessly with Cress Floral Decorators to transform the Loeb Boathouse into a fantastic space for a wedding reception. Each table was named after a different city. Therefore, each table had a centerpiece befitting each city. The Savannah table featured spanish moss, which might have been my favorite!
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After a crazy introduction through a tunnel of glow sticks, the bride and groom took the floor for their first dance!
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The first dance is one of my favorite parts of a wedding reception. Whether it’s choreographed or just a simple time for the couple to hold each other and twirl around the floor unscripted, it’s always a wonderful opportunity to document naturally unfolding moments!
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The first dance moved effortlessly into the first dance set. The floor was PACKED, and remained packed for the rest of the reception!
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The bride’s brother surprised her by singing during her dance with her father. What followed was one of the loveliest moments I’ve ever witnessed at a wedding! Her husband joined her on the dance floor, followed by her mother, then his mother. It was a wonderful group dance, and such a joy to photograph.
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I love how the groom is dancing with his mother in the background of this image of the bride with her father!
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The glow sticks made another appearance later in the night! The staff of the Boathouse passed them around to the guests, and they made their way to the dance floor!
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The bride and groom hired the Slow Motion Booth to entertain their guests during the wedding reception. It made for some great videos, but it also made for some stellar pictures!
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After all of the ceremonial dances and toasts, it was time to hit the dance floor and stay for the rest of the night! The bride and groom shut down the reception on the dance floor, and so did their friends and family!

Pleasantdale Chateau Wedding

A Pleasantdale Chateau wedding isn’t your average, ordinary wedding.  There is something so special about Pleasantdale, and every time I’ve been there I’ve been so sweetly impressed.  I clearly remember my first Pleasantdale Chateau wedding, which took place during an actual hurricane.  Hurricane Irene landed right on top of a past client’s wedding date, and I was blown away by how seamlessly the Pleasantdale staff handled such a crazy day!  I’ve been to Pleasantdale Chateau weddings in the rain, the fog, the sun, and on this brilliant fall day, in the beautiful moody autumn weather.

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We started the day in the Pleasantdale bridal suite. I am a huge fan of the cheerfully patterned wallpaper, the abundance of natural light, and the variety of locations for photography. I was able to spend a few minutes with the bride’s gorgeous engagement ring and delicate band, not to mention her super-sweet, super-tiny, super-darling blush peach Mrs. ring box!
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One thing I love about a wedding at Pleasantdale Chateau is the variety of backgrounds and locations for pictures throughout the entire estate. The wallpaper in this room is a particular favorite of mine. It looks almost like an old master background from a classic portrait studio! I love how the warmth of the background adds a warmth to the image itself, and how the soft light spilling through the window adds to the golden hue of the space.
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The getting-ready portion of the wedding day is always a wonderful opportunity to document moments! I love the dozens (if not hundreds!) of expressions that cross a bride’s face while she’s putting on her dress. This is one of my favorites!
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I am such a fan of the Mrs. box! It’s a wonderful alternative to an old-fashioned ring box from the jewelry store. They have so many colors that you can choose from, it’s easy to customize your box to the colors of your wedding!
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There are many wedding venues where one half of the couple gets a great room to prepare in, while the other gets a small space or no space at all! A Pleasantdale Chateau wedding comes with multiple rooms for brides, grooms, and bridal parties to get ready in. The groom had an amazing space all to himself (well, himself and a bunch of hatchets, but I digress…)
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Even though it was overcast outside, the light coming in through the windows was still direct and dreamy. I love these last few moments of preparation before the day really takes over and everything gets exciting and chaotic!
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I absolutely and completely love fall weddings. There is something so magical about the fall foliage. A Pleasantdale Chateau wedding is the perfect place to be in the fall. I love the turret peeking out of the foliage in the back of this image. It is such a gorgeous location for portraits!
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My clients often ask whether or not they “have to” do a first look, or whether or not they “should” do a first look. I truly believe that is not my decision to make for you. Whether you want to see each other before the ceremony or not, I can help you with a list of pros and cons for each decision. We will make it work, whatever you decide. The day is about YOU, and I truly do want you to choose what works best for you! At this Pleasantdale Chateau wedding, the first look worked best for these clients. I love their reaction to seeing each other for the first time!
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This image is a wonderful example of how, as a wedding photographer, you have to stay on top of the unfolding moments! Beautiful moments often lead to other beautiful moments. If you blink, you might miss them!
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Isn’t it amazing when all the details you’ve planned for months come together? The floral team did a stellar job with matching the flowers to the rest of the wedding’s vintage glam aesthetic.
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While we had no sun for portraits, we did have marvelous scenery. I love the fall foliage and the dreamy light in this portrait!
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The bride and groom were so sweet with each other. Completely natural, joyous, and truly present in every moment. It was lovely to behold, and even lovelier to document!
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Every year, clients ask if I have suggestions as to when the fall foliage will be at it’s peak. It’s usually sometime within the last few weeks of October, and the first weeks of November. I was so glad to see that the trees were still holding their leaves for this wedding! It provided a beautiful backdrop for the wedding day portraits of the bride and groom together.
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The decor was wonderful, marrying the bride and groom’s aesthetic sensibilities with the warm, welcoming atmosphere of Pleasantdale Chateau. I love these vintage-styled cards for their seating card table!
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The decor for the reception also echoed that same aesthetic. Quietly glamorous, a little rustic, and infinitely welcoming.
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Some of my favorite moments take place during the introductions of the bridal party, family, and bride and groom. I love seeing their family and friends crowded around the floor, cheering them on!
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I know this image is during the first dance, but how great is the bride’s headpiece? I loved the styling of her look, and how perfectly it fit in with the rest of the wedding decor and theme.
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Back to the moments of the wedding day – how great are toasts? I think the bride’s reaction says it all!
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As a witness to so many beautiful moments between families, I am always so honored to be there. Creating images that will live in a family for generations to come is a responsibility that I take very seriously, and am always grateful to each client who hires me for their wedding day!
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The bride’s dance with her father was full of so many stellar moments and reactions. It was hard to choose just two to post!
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Quiet moments speak just as loudly as the more exuberant ones. Quiet, loud, subtle, or sweet, I love moments of all kinds!
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The party was lively all night long! I was so very honored to be a part of this day, and even now this image makes me smile. I often get asked if I remember all of the weddings that I shoot. The answer is yes, I really do. When you spend week in and week out with such glorious people, how could you ever forget?

Ocean House Wedding

This Ocean House wedding marked my first time in Watch Hill, Rhode Island.  I’ve photographed in Mystic, Stonington, and nearby Newport, but never Watch Hill.  After spending a glorious summer Saturday there, I’m already ready to go back.    Situated on the tops of the Watch Hill bluffs, the Ocean House is one of only five US resorts to obtain the prestigious triple Five-Star honor.  From the private beach to the croquet lawn, the putting green to the Watch Hill Chapel, every square inch of this property is meticulously designed and maintained.  Danielle and Chris were glorious to work with, and a delight to photograph.  I know this won’t be my last time in Watch Hill – maybe next time I’ll even run into the Ocean House’s best-known neighbor, Taylor Swift!

Ocean House Morgan Suite
We started the day in the Morgan Suite at the Ocean House. This two-floor suite was inspired by the interior of yachts. There really are no words for how meticulously, flawlessly designed the space is. You truly do have to see it to believe it!
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Ever the practical fashionista, the bride had two pairs of shoes for her wedding day. Her ceremony shoes were gorgeous jeweled Miu Miu slides. Her reception shoes were these fantastic blue Manolo Blahnik flats.
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Before putting on her delicate, gorgeous Amsale gown, Danielle had her hair and makeup touched up. I love the beautiful light on her here!
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After her hair and makeup touch-up, Danielle stepped outside with her bridesmaids for a quick champagne toast.
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The sky was the most vibrant, unbelievable blue!
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Danielle got dressed on the top floor of the Monroe Suite. The light was brilliant!
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The bride’s Amsale gown was really beautiful. The delicate lace was a sweet touch, and the fabric was light and billowy. Perfect for a beach wedding!
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Danielle and her mother have a wonderful relationship. There are so many tender moments between these two women all day long. It was an honor to document them all.
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Before the ceremony, I had a few moments to take some portraits of the bride with her bridal party.
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The bride’s bouquet was decorated with special keepsakes. I love how it personalizes the bouquet in such a meaningful way.
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See what I mean about beautiful moments between the bride and her mother?
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The best moments are totally unscripted! As Danielle and her mother walked back to the Ocean House, she raised her bouquet in the air with excitement.
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Danielle and Chris were married at sunset, right on the beach. I love the contrast of the bright white flowers with the brilliant blue sky.
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After the ceremony recessional, the bride and groom paused for a moment by the Ocean House beach pavilion. There are no words for how much I love this moment!
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After the ceremony, it was off to the Ocean House meadow for some family portraits!
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The bride and groom had a few moments alone before their family joined them in the meadow. I love this image of Danielle checking out Chris’ new ring!
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Once the family arrived, each person had a few seconds with the bride and groom. The resulting moments were incredible.
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See what I mean?
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We photographed the bridal party in the meadow, then moved on to portraits of the families.
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After the family portraits and bridal party portraits, we sent everyone off to cocktail hour except the bride and groom. I had few more moments with the two of them before sending them to their party as well!
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The light was brilliant and warm, the perfect summer sunset.
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Danielle and Chris are remarkable in front of the camera. They are so kind to each other, and such delightfully genuine people.
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The light in the meadow was so spectacular, I had to borrow Danielle for a few more bridal portraits.
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After photographs in the meadow, I headed to the beach with the bride and groom.
Ocean House wedding tent
The entire bridal party and family were introduced into the dinner tent one by one. When they were entering, Chris scooped up Danielle and carried her in!
Ocean House wedding reception
The father of the bride, maid of honor, and best man all gave toasts during dinner. I love this sweet moment between the bride and groom while her dad was talking!
Ocean House wedding sperry tent
Danielle and her dad are so lovely! His toast was so sweet, and so very loving.
outside Ocean House wedding
I always love hearing the toasts at the reception. It’s so sweet to hear how very beloved the bride and groom are – and sometimes you get to hear great stories, too!
summer Ocean House wedding
There is something so timeless about a crisp black and white image!
Ocean House wedding summer
Don’t you love the rustic charm of the Mr. and Mrs. signs on the backs of the chairs? The decor was beautiful, and suited the mood of the wedding perfectly.
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Chris is so kind to Danielle. I love how sweetly he held her during the more emotional moments of the speeches.
watch hill Ocean House wedding
I love Sperry tents. They are so classic, and so elegant.
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Dinner was outdoors under the tent, before moving indoors for dancing and partying!
Ocean House wedding rhode island
As the guests were moving from the dinner tent to the reception ballroom, I had a few more seconds with the bride and groom alone. Danielle and Chris were great troupers, willing to go to the beach in total darkness!
Ocean House wedding ballroom
Once in the Ocean House ballroom, Danielle and Chris shared their first dance.
ballroom Ocean House wedding
After the first dance, Danielle shared a sweet dance with her father.
Ocean House wedding party
I love the amber uplights in the ballroom. It gave the room a great warmth and depth.
Ocean House wedding dancing
Chris danced with his beloved Godmother. I LOVE her facial expression here!
Ocean House weddings
I adore the reactions to the groom’s dance!
Ocean House wedding shooters
It’s not really a party until the limbo stick comes out, right?
party at a Ocean House wedding
…even the bride’s mother got in on the fun!
photographers for a Ocean House wedding
The dance floor was completely packed from start to finish.
Ocean House wedding beach pictures
One more beach picture? Of course!

 

Danielle and Chris, it was so wonderful to travel to Watch Hill to spend your wedding day with you!  From the phenomenal weather (no rain plans!) to the fantastic party, every bit of your day was perfect.  I hope you’re having a wonderful honeymoon trip, and I can’t wait to share the rest of your images with you soon!

Windows on the Water Wedding

I always love working at venues I’ve never been to before, and this Windows on the Water wedding marked my first time in Millstone Township, New Jersey.  Windows on the Water is a private resort in Monmouth County.  It is also the site of the utterly charming Frogbridge Day Camp, and that campground appeal is part of Windows on the Water’s immense charm.  From beautiful bridges to sun-dappled fields, this really is the perfect place for a summer wedding.  We were so lucky to get glorious weather, after several very rainy weeks!

Windows on the Water wedding photographers
The bride got ready at the American Hotel in Freehold, New Jersey. I was completely charmed by the light in the rooms. The bride and groom had side-by-side rooms with huge balconies and an abundance of natural light.
Windows on the Water weddings
When I arrived at the hotel, Allison was getting her hair and makeup done. I love the cloud of hairspray! The getting ready part of the day is always one of my favorites, and this day didn’t disappoint. Allison was surrounded by her mother, her future mother-in-law, and her sweet bridesmaids. They were so calm and collected, and having a great time together.
Windows on the Water wedding details
Hansen Photo and Video were on hand to film the day. I had never worked with them before, and they were utterly delightful. I can’t say enough good things about them, and could not recommend them more highly.
Windows on the Water wedding pictures
At one point in the day, Allison turned to me and said “This is my dream wedding!” Is there really anything better to hear from a bride on her wedding day?
photos of a Windows on the Water wedding
We had a great amount of time to document everyone getting ready. The bride got dressed in a room right next to the groom, so we had to make sure that no one ran into each other on the balcony outside!
Windows on the Water wedding photos
I can’t say enough good things about the light in the getting-ready room! It was exactly what I love, and I think it illuminates the scene beautifully.
Windows on the Water wedding setup
See what I mean? The highlights and shadows are so beautiful. I could shoot in that room all day long!
Windows on the Water wedding moments
The groom’s mother presented him with a deeply personal gift. I was so honored to be there to document it for them.
Windows on the Water wedding ceremony
The relationship between a groom and his mother is so precious. This entire family was so kind, so sweet, and so wonderful to photograph.
Windows on the Water wedding portrait
I have a lot of favorite things about wedding days. One of them is “crying grooms.” In fact, that might top my list, right above “crying dads” and “playing Uptown Funk so that my 2015 Bruno Mars streak goes unbroken.”
Windows on the Water wedding cost
I had twenty glorious minutes alone with the bride and groom immediately after the outdoor wedding ceremony. The light was utterly perfect. The sun was low in the sky, and created such a gorgeous halo around their bodies.
photos of Windows on the Water wedding
At every wedding I shoot, I strive to make images that I’ve never made before. This rainbow was created entirely in-camera. I didn’t create it in Photoshop later. How was it done? I’ll never tell!
Windows on the Water wedding pic
Allison and Nick were so sweet with each other. Allison is vibrant and joyous, and Nick is so lovely and emotional. It was wonderful to witness.
Windows on the Water wedding price
The Windows on the Water employee who drove us around the property in the golf cart said “I’ve never seen a photographer put brides and grooms in light like that!” That’s one of the highest compliments! I love working with beautiful natural light, and I think this image really illustrates why I feel that it’s so beautiful.
Windows on the Water weddingwire
Only twenty minutes for pictures? No problem!
price Windows on the Water wedding
We managed to get to several different locations on the Windows on the Water property in a quick amount of time. It’s all about efficiency! I think the trees make such a glorious background. I love summer weddings!
Windows on the Water wedding photographer
After a few multiple exposures, it was time to get ready to go back to the reception. I love having time with the bride and groom for portraits, but I never want them to be late to their own party!
Windows on the Water wedding reception
This image perfectly illustrates the fun, vibrant personalities of the bridal party. Every single one of them were hilarious, funny, and so very sweet.
Windows on the Water wedding reception cost
I love the look on the groom’s face here. He was so overwhelmingly happy to be married!
Windows on the Water wedding party
After a gorgeous first dance, it was on to the rest of the reception!

 

Allison and Nick, thank you so much for having me at your wedding.  You were total troupers in the heat!  Thank you for giving us great time after the ceremony for some additional portraits in that beautiful sunset light!  I hope your honeymoon is wonderful!

Brooklyn Botanical Garden Wedding

This Brooklyn Botanical Gardens wedding started with not one, not two, but three engagement session rain-outs.  Despite trying to schedule the session multiple times, the weather kept delaying and pushing back the shoot.  We finally managed to get it done – three days before the actual wedding date!  I was worried that cutting things so close would make the bride and groom nervous, but Jundai and Hong Ma are such lovely, calm people.  The session was remarkable, with the heat and crazy weather giving way to a gloriously beautiful afternoon with brilliant light.

After such a wonderful shoot, I knew that the wedding day itself was going to be just fine.  Jundai and Hong Ma are pure joy.  You can’t help but smile back at them, and when Jundai laughs, you just have to laugh along.  They’re so kind, so sweet, and so endlessly adorable together.  The entire day was full of brilliant light, perfect weather, and utterly charming moments.  The Brooklyn Botanical Garden wedding venue is so close to my own home, so it was great to practically be working in my own backyard!

Brooklyn Botanical Garden wedding
We started the day at the W Union Square. It’s a bright, modern hotel with brilliant light.
monique lhuillier candy dress
The second I saw the bride’s dress, I couldn’t help but smile. Jundai was married in the Monique Lhuillier Candy dress, which was the same dress I wore to my own wedding!
brooklyn botanical garden wedding pics
I love the light coming in from the window, and the way the bride’s delicate skirt flows into the shadows. Jundai is so graceful, and everything she does is elegant.
brooklyn botanical garden wedding details
One of my favorite details of the Monique Lhuillier Candy dress is the delicate grosgrain ribbon belt.
brooklyn botanical garden wedding picture
One of the sweetest things about documenting wedding days are the quiet moments. Not every “moment” has to be a huge laugh or a flood of tears. Sometimes it’s just a quiet breath, a simple smile, or a second of peace.
brooklyn botanical garden wedding photo
Jundai’s mother is just as kind and sweet as her daughter. I love this sweet moment between the two of them while Jundai was getting dressed.
brooklyn botanical garden wedding photos
Every wedding day is different. Every timeline allows for different amount of time with the bride alone, families, bride and groom together, and so forth. We had a glorious hour in the Brooklyn Botanical Garden for portraits of the bride alone, and the bride and groom together.
brooklyn botanical garden wedding first look
This is Jundai’s reaction to seeing Hong Ma for the first time. I’ve tried to write a caption for this image for a solid fifteen minutes, but what words are needed when the picture tells the whole story?
first look at a brooklyn botanical garden wedding
The joy and happiness that these two have together is really breathtaking.
brooklyn botanical garden wedding portraits
After the bride and groom saw each other for the first time, we spent about an hour in the Brooklyn Botanical Garden taking portraits of them together.
bride and groom at brooklyn botanical garden wedding
The staff at the Garden provided a golf cart for us to get around. This really helped us get to as many locations as possible! I especially loved the Rose Garden.
portraits at a brooklyn botanical garden wedding
A lot of potential clients ask me how I pose brides and grooms together. Will they feel awkward? Will they be forced into unnatural poses? I do my best to reassure them that my job is to document your relationship, and the “poses” are just gentle suggestions. My goal is to create pictures for you like this one, where you’re just alone together, interacting naturally.
brooklyn botanical garden wedding photographer
July weddings can be mild and lovely, or over a hundred degrees. The weather on this day was perfect, not too hot but just warm enough!
brooklyn botanical garden wedding photographers
The Brooklyn Botanical Garden is gorgeous at all times of year (the cherry blossoms are especially excellent), but I think there is something special about it in the summertime. I love how you feel like you’re in the middle of a secluded garden, when you’re really in the heart of Brooklyn.
brooklyn botanical garden wedding formals
The casual posing I employ with brides and grooms also carries over to portraits of the bridal party. Do I take pictures of everyone smiling directly at me? Absolutely! I also like to try and create a few images like this one, time permitting. I love how everyone is interacting!
brooklyn botanical garden wedding black and white
I try to be observant all day long. I am looking for all kinds of action and interaction. I caught the littlest ring bearer before the ceremony, being dragged off to the processional. I absolutely love his face!
brooklyn botanical garden wedding ceremony
The ceremony took place on the lawn of the Brooklyn Botanical Garden. One of my favorite parts about the ceremony was the processional. Everyone came from behind this gorgeous foliage to walk down the aisle. Isn’t it dramatic and lovely? The sun is even beaming down from the perfect direction!
ceremony at brooklyn botanical garden wedding
Jundai smiled the entire way down the aisle. I love her flowers, and I love the sun streaming through her veil.
brooklyn botanical garden wedding layout
When Jundai hugged her father, the sun shone directly on her face. It was really glorious to see.
brooklyn botanical garden wedding sunset
The ceremony was scheduled perfectly to coincide with the setting sun.
sunset brooklyn botanical garden wedding
I love the great contrast between the sun in the bride’s veil and the dramatic dark background. It really brings your attention right to her lovely face.
ceremony of a brooklyn botanical garden wedding
The ceremony included the parents of the bride and groom, which was really lovely.
brooklyn botanical garden wedding flowers
I am always drawn to layers in photographs. I love how Jundai and her mother are a frame alone, but when you add the reaction of the officient, and Hong Ma with his mother, you have a richly layered final image.
brooklyn botanical garden wedding recessional
On their way back down the aisle, Hong Ma grabbed Jundai and dipped her. Her reaction was priceless, as were her other facial expressions throughout the day!
recessional at a brooklyn botanical garden wedding ceremony
The last bits of sun shone on the recessional, and then it was twilight. The entire ceremony was timed to perfection!
brooklyn botanical garden wedding moments
After the ceremony, the bride and groom spent a few minutes with their bridal party. I love how sweetly Jundai is touching the face of her emotional bridesmaid. What a lovely moment. It was such an honor to be there to document it.
brooklyn botanical garden wedding flower girl
There are moments everywhere at weddings. Even a bit off the beaten path. The flower girl was all alone during cocktail hour, and I love her little solemn expression.
brooklyn botanical garden wedding tea ceremony
At the end of cocktail hour and before the reception, Jundai and Hong Ma held a brief tea ceremony with their parents.
brooklyn botanical garden wedding reception
After the tea ceremony was a quick hair and lipstick change for Jundai. Her hair is SO gorgeous down!
reception at a brooklyn botanical garden wedding
The first dance was short, sweet, and deeply emotional.
toast at a brooklyn botanical garden wedding
I always love it when parents get up and speak at receptions!
brooklyn botanical garden wedding party
I utterly adore this angle of Jundai and Hong Ma listening to a speech. I love his solemn expression.  I also love her adorable smile.
brooklyn botanical garden wedding dancing
The little solemn flower girl was so longer so solemn once the dance music began!
brooklyn botanical garden wedding sunset
A sunset, a quiet moment, and a beautiful composition. As a wedding photographer, who can ask for anything more?

501 Union Wedding

I adored Courtney and Bryan long before the day of their 501 Union wedding.  From our very first exchange of emails to our first chats, I knew that I had to shoot this couple’s wedding!  Courtney and Bryan are both so bright, so vivacious, and so very funny.  They are kind to each other, extraordinarily loving to their family and friends, and so full of joy.  I loved photographing their engagement session on the High Line last year, and it was such an honor to document their 501 Union wedding this spring.

501 Union wedding
The dressing room at 501 Union has no windows. It’s small. It’s oddly shaped. It’s also gorgeous. We set up a lovely light, and made the most of this delightful space.
501 Union wedding bar
Courtney and Bryan even have a dog that matches the decor. How’s that for commitment to a theme? Their gorgeous black and white puppy matched the black and white decor, even down to his tiny black and white bow tie!
501 Union wedding pic
501 Union is an excellent Brooklyn wedding venue. It’s modern, welcoming, and full of brilliant bright light.
501 Union wedding bride's room
We started the day at the McCarren Hotel, documenting Bryan and his groomsmen. We then moved to 501 Union to capture the end of Courtney’s hair and makeup process. Jhenelle Hill from Prim & Perfect did an extraordinary job with Courtney’s wedding day look.
501 Union wedding cost
I love Courtney’s laugh SO MUCH. She is the sweetest soul, with the brightest smile.
501 Union wedding location
Courtney gave each of her bridesmaids such deeply thoughtful gifts. Each gift was different, perfectly suiting the person receiving it.
501 Union wedding bride
Windowless getting-ready room? No problem! All you need is some external light, an amazing bride with a bright smile, and you’re good to go!
501 Union wedding pictures
Courtney’s mother was on hand to help her get ready. I love it when moms help their daughters into their wedding gowns!
Pronovias bolero
Courtney’s Pronovias gown was incredible, but the bolero that she added was simply jaw-dropping.
501 Union wedding photographer
When we first spoke, Courtney told me that she loved dramatic light. I hope these getting ready images deliver!
501 Union wedding photographs
Courtney’s grandmother had the most wonderful reaction to seeing her granddaughter for the first time in her wedding gown.
501 Union wedding portraits
Family portraits are so very important, but I’m also always looking for those quiet moments between the formal, posed images.
Dog ringbearer
Bryan and Courtney’s dog made a fantastic appearance during the portraits. I love his fantastic ears and hilarious tongue.
501 Union wedding photographers
If you’ve ever been to Gowanus before, you know that the streets are crowded and full of traffic. I love this great green wall, and the fun shapes of the buildings behind Courtney and her bridal party.
501 Union weddings
After some family and bridal party portraits, it was back into the getting ready room to put the veil back on for the ceremony!
pictures at a 501 Union wedding
The quiet moments before the beginning of a ceremony are some of my favorite moments on a wedding day. The anticipation is so high, and every moment so precious.
501 Union wedding costs
The groom had his rings with him earlier in the day, so I didn’t get ahold of them until just before the ceremony. I used the moss from one of the centerpieces as the setting for Bryan’s ring, and I love how this image incorporates the decor.
501 Union wedding ceremony
The space for ceremonies at 501 Union is really incredible. The roof opens up to the sky, giving you a great indoor/outdoor venue.
501 Union wedding ceremony location
Bryan and Courtney had a beautiful candle-lighting tradition during their ceremony. It was really peaceful, meaningful, and lovely.
501 Union wedding decorations
Cary Pereyra of The Little Glass Slipper did an amazing job with all of the florals. I especially loved Courtney’s bouquet and the fantastic birds’ nests on the chuppah.
Wedding ceremony at 501 Union
Despite threatening rain for days, there wasn’t a cloud in the sky. I was so glad that they were able to open the roof and let the sun in during the ceremony. I think the light is brilliant!
Bride and groom at a 501 Union wedding
I only had a few moments with Courtney and Bryan after the ceremony to create portraits of them together. I found an alley near a BBQ with brilliant light, and I love the results. It just goes to show that you really can make beautiful images anywhere!
Green Building 501 Union wedding
I love the vintage truck parked outside The Green Building….but not as much as I love that dog!
dog at wedding in bow tie
Even the dog got in on the cocktail hour food action! Fiorelli’s Catering provided some of the best wedding food I’ve ever seen!
501 union wedding brooklyn
Courtney and Bryan are really, really great together. They’re the best of friends, and constantly make each other laugh.
The Little Glass Slipper wedding
Isn’t this bouquet incredible? The Little Glass Slipper is tremendous.
naked wedding cake
No pun intended, but I LOVE this wedding cake. The detail was amazing – and all of the flowers are made of sugar. It was really a work of art.
Cafe Wha Band
After cocktail hour, it was time to dance! The Cafe Wha band was amazing. I especially loved the bride’s dance with her father.
501 Union wedding reception
The hora at a Jewish wedding is always – ALWAYS! – a source of great moments.
501 union wedding party
For the reception, Courtney removed her jeweled bolero and let her Pronovias gown stand on it’s own. I love the feathers on the bodice!
wedding reception at 501 union
It’s always good to make sure your new spouse isn’t planning on smashing the cake in your face before you attempt to feed them!

 

Courtney and Bryan, thank you so much for entrusting me with your memories. It’s been a delight getting to know you both, and your wedding was truly incredible.  Special thanks to the tremendous Rebecca Shankman of Pink Bow Tie Events.  Just weeks from her due date, she was helping with decor, making sure the day was running smoothly, and handling the entire event with grace and ease.  I hope to get to work with you again, Rebecca!

Central Park Boathouse Wedding

I had been looking forward to Samantha and Adam’s Central Park Boathouse wedding since photographing their engagement session in Brooklyn last year.  Loeb Boathouse has long been one of my favorite locations for Manhattan weddings.  A beautiful landmark restaurant in Central Park,  the Boathouse is a wonderful choice if you’re looking for an iconic wedding venue with a uniquely Manhattan feel.  It’s also close to Bethesda Fountain and the Central Park Mall, which are two of my favorite places in New York for wedding day portraits.

central park boathouse wedding
We started the day at The Empire Hotel. The suite was gorgeous, and full of brilliant light. I had a few moments with the bride and groom’s rings before the day really got started, and it was nice to spend a bit of time documenting those precious details.
central park boathouse wedding pictures
The bride’s delicate Jimmy Choo shoes reminded me of salsa dancing shoes! I love the interlacing straps!
central park boathouse wedding photog
Samantha gave Adam the most wonderful watch for a wedding gift. I love how the stripes on the card mirror the stripes of the drapes!
central park boathouse wedding photos
Samantha’s mother is absolutely lovely. I adore this moment where Samantha gave her mother an exceedingly thoughtful – and beautiful – gift.
central park boathouse wedding pics
Moments between brides and their mothers are so beautiful to document. I was so honored to have captured this sweet, fleeting moment for Samantha and her mom!
central park boathouse wedding bride
The light in The Empire Hotel was beautiful. However, it didn’t hold a candle to Samantha’s dress. There were two huge bows on the back of the dress that were sculpturally GORGEOUS.
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Samantha’s sister is fantastic. She’s funny, sweet, and a total joy to be around. She even helped Samantha put on her shoes – how kind is that?
Empire Hotel Wedding
The Empire Hotel really does have beautiful light. I love this quick moment between Samantha and her mom, right before she left to see Adam for the first time.
central park boathouse wedding pics
Samantha’s grandmother gave her a beautiful heirloom ring that had passed from her to Samantha’s mother. Now that it was her wedding day, the ring belonged to Samantha.
central park boathouse pictures of wedding
I adore this sweet moment between Samantha and her grandmother. I especially love her mom and dad’s reactions.
Lincoln Center wedding pictures
Samantha and Adam opted to see each other before their ceremony. They saw each other for the first time in Lincoln Center. We had no idea that wedding photography was strictly prohibited in Lincoln Center. Great thanks to the security guard who let us stick around and allow this moment to unfold before kicking us out!
Wedding photos at Lincoln Center
Samantha’s reaction to seeing Adam for the first time makes me smile every time I see it!
Lincoln Center wedding
New York is teeming with people. Usually it makes wedding images tough to create, because you’re always striving to crop out the tourists. In this image, I love how the people in the background add to the moment. Totally random strangers, just taking pictures of a bride and groom they don’t know – welcome to New York!
Petzval lens wedding
I love the swirly bokeh of the Petzval lens for my Nikon. It creates such a delightfully surreal background.
Double exposure wedding photo
I’m always looking for a way to show a familiar scene in a new way. I love this double exposure. All of my double exposures are created in camera, not in Photoshop, so they’re extra fun to put together!
central park boathouse wedding portraits
I realize that I don’t show many posed images here on my blog, focusing on moments and natural portraits. This has led people to ask me if I even take posed images – of course I do! I love to keep them light, easy, and beautifully quick!
central park boathouse wedding photographer
The groom and groomsmen requested a photograph with Samantha, and the next thing I knew she was off the ground! I love the pop of black tuxes against the white dress shirts and Samantha’s brilliant white dress.
central park boathouse wedding photographers
The Central Park Mall was crowded with people on this particular Saturday, but with some great composition and creative angles, it looks like Samantha and Adam are completely alone. I love the arch of trees behind them!
central park boathouse wedding photography
Central Park is an amazing place, and every time I shoot there I find something new, like this gem of a tunnel near the Boathouse.
wedding photos at central park boathouse wedding
For those of you at the wedding and following their wedding hashtag, this is the real version of the iPhone image that I posted from the day!
central park boathouse wedding images
I can’t help but smile at Samantha’s mother’s smile. I love this image of the bride with her sister and parents.
photographer for a central park boathouse wedding
While documenting the family formal images, I am always on the lookout for sweetly emotional moments just like this one!
central park boathouse weddings
The boathouse does a great job of separating the reception space from the ceremony space. We only had a tiny space for Samantha and Adam to sign the ketubah, but we made it work! Someone held up the flashlight from an iPhone so they could see to sign, and I thought it made a great impromptu light!
central park boathouse wedding ceremony
A lot of wedding photographers love the kiss at the end of the ceremony. I do, too. But my favorite moments usually occur immediately after the kiss, when the bride and groom turn to face their family and friends. This image perfectly illustrates why I love that part of the ceremony so very much!
central park boathouse wedding party
Hank Lane’s Marcus Reid band was INCREDIBLE. From the very first introduction of the bride and groom, they had the crowd on the dance floor until 2am!
central park boathouse wedding reception pictures
There is nothing better than an awesome first dance. Truly.
central park boathouse wedding ballroom
Even after the first dance was over, and the crowd joined them on the floor, Samantha and Adam didn’t stop dancing together. I really, really loved that.
central park boathouse wedding hora
I love a great hora. This crowd was fantastic, and I love Samantha’s expression here!
central park boathouse wedding dancing
The look on the mother of the groom’s face is simply priceless. I love it when the parents are lifted on the chairs during the hora!
central park boathouse wedding tables
I often get asked how I can capture the action of the person giving the toast with the reaction of the crowd without a second shooter. My answer is simple : I just do. I’ve spent almost fifteen years training myself to see both action and reaction, and I LOVE this reaction image!
central park boathouse wedding room
Samantha and Adam are exceptionally kind to each other. They’re such lovely, vibrant, warm, wonderful people. I can see why their family and friends said such wonderful things about them during their toasts!
central park boathouse wedding dancing
The father/daughter dance always has such a sweet place in my heart, and the incredible moments between Samantha and her father were really amazing.
central park boathouse wedding party pictures
…likewise with the groom/mother dance. Adam’s mom is vivacious and the love she has for her son is really awesome.
central park boathouse wedding room
I always love hearing the toasts during a wedding reception. It lets me get to know my clients a bit more, and it’s always really heartwarming to hear the sweet stories shared. It’s also pretty great to hear the embarrassing stories, too!
cake cutting at a central park boathouse wedding
This image really shows off the gorgeous bows on the back of Samantha’s dress. Don’t you LOVE them?
central park boathouse wedding reception images
The bride and groom had a really tight-knit circle of great friends. Though I briefly worried about Adam’s safety when his friends started tossing him towards the ceiling, it made for some great photographs!
central park boathouse wedding photograph
The dance floor was 100% packed from the beginning to the end of the reception!

 

Samantha and Adam, thank you so much for entrusting me with your memories.  It was a huge joy to spend the day with you both, your beautiful families, and your hilarious friends.  I hope you’re off having the best honeymoon EVER, and I can’t wait to share the rest of your images with you soon!

Congress Hall Wedding

I have always loved working at Congress Hall, and Tara and Tom’s wedding was no exception.  Since it opened in 1816, Congress Hall has been the premiere location for weddings, events, and vacations right in the heart of Cape May, New Jersey.  I love the proximity to the beach, the vibrant colors of the bride’s getting ready room, and the kindness of the hotel staff.  Despite the unseasonably crazy heat, the team at Congress Hall stayed cool and made sure that everyone was well cared for – and hydrated!

Congress Hall Wedding
Before we began the getting ready images in Founder’s Hall, I took a few seconds alone to photograph the bride’s exquisite engagement ring.
Congress Hall Wedding Photography
I always try to look for new and interesting places to make images, from details to portraits. I loved finding this pocket of light, old bench, and great warm wall in one of the nooks at Congress Hall.
Congress Hall Wedding Photographer
The bride got ready in the gorgeous Founders Hall room. I loved the incredible directional light and deep blue walls.
Congress Hall Wedding Photos
The bride had three wonderful bridesmaids. I love this image of them together.
Congress Hall Wedding Photos
With a few adjustments, I was able to make the window light in Founders Hall a single, simple, perfect light source. I love how the light is burning through the bride’s veil in this image.
Congress Hall Wedding Pics
I love this sweet moment between the bride and her bridesmaid. I think the hands clasped together tell a strong emotional story, even without a single facial expression.
Wedding at Congress Hall
Salon Vanity and Rita Hazan did a wonderful job with Tara’s wedding look. Her hair was loose and simple, while her makeup was subtle and delicate.
Wedding Photos at Congress Hall
The bride and groom opted to see each other before the ceremony. We spent some time on the Grand Lawn at Congress Hall, creating portraits along the way.
Wedding Pictures at Congress Hall
I LOVE this simple head wreath. Robertson’s Flowers did an incredible job, as always.
Ceremony at Congress Hall
Despite the extreme heat, the bride and her dad stayed cool the whole way down the aisle.
Bride and Groom at Congress Hall
After the ceremony, I had a few moments alone with the bride and groom before the wedding reception began.
Congress Hall Weddings
Tara and Tom, I cannot thank you enough for braving the heat for a few more beautiful images.
Weddings at Congress Hall
I especially love working at Congress Hall because there are so many incredible locations to create portraits on the wedding day.
Wedding Reception at Congress Hall
Don’t Call Me Francis was the band at the wedding reception. As always, they were delightfully sweet to work with.
Congress Hall Wedding Reception
The bride and groom’s first dance was sweet and charming
Congress Hall Ballroom
I love the vibrant blue walls and checkerboard floors in the Congress Hall ballroom.
Party at Congress Hall
Tara and Tom, thank you so much for trusting me with your day! Thank you for sweating your way through the portraits, for being such troupers in the hot weather, and for being all-around luminous all day long!

 

 

Liberty Warehouse Wedding : Suzzane + Jonathan

Suzzane and Jonathan’s Liberty House wedding marked my first time working at this iconic Brooklyn wedding venue.  Situated on Pier 41 in the charming Brooklyn neighborhood of Red Hook, the Liberty Warehouse sits right on the water in the historic shipping yards.  Despite the prominent location, this ceremony and reception location feels remote and private.  I love the views of the New York Harbor and the unique face-front vantage point of the Statue of Liberty.  It was a delight to spend the day with Suzzane and Jonathan, their family, and their friends.  It was also a treat to work with my dear friend Adam Forgione of Pennylane Productions.  It’s wonderful to work with a video team who shares my creative style and results in a true collaboration!

Liberty Warehouse Wedding
Suzzane’s ring was delicate and unique, a real showstopper.
Liberty Warehouse Wedding Photographer
The old wardrobe rack and Edison bulbs made a beautiful backdrop for Suzzane’s delicate wedding gown.
Liberty Warehouse Wedding Photographers
The bridal prep room at the Liberty Warehouse is huge and filled with glorious light.
Liberty Warehouse Wedding Photos
I love the getting-ready part of the day. It really enhances the entire gallery of wedding images when we are able to tell the entire story, starting with the first touch of makeup and ending with the last dance!
Liberty Warehouse Wedding Pictures
Suzzane found her dress at Lotus Bridal, and I love this image of the dress juxtaposed against the reflection of the New York Harbor.
Liberty Warehouse Wedding Pic
See what I mean about the excellent light in the getting-ready room?
Wedding at Liberty Warehouse
After a string of rainy days and dreary weather, it was nice to see such a gorgeous sky.
Wedding Photos at Liberty Warehouse
I love the sweet, simple background and brilliant light.
Wedding Photographer at Liberty Warehouse
The areas around Liberty Warehouse are bright, vibrant, and full of wonderful locations for portraits of the bride and groom together.
Wedding at Liberty Warehouse
This image goes to show that you can make gorgeous pictures anywhere if you know what to look for – this was taken in the Liberty Warehouse parking lot!
Wedding Photographs at Liberty Warehouse
…and this one was taken in an alley!
Wedding Photographer at Liberty Warehouse
….and on the side of the road!
Wedding Ceremony at Liberty Warehouse
The documenting of a wedding day is full of so many unexpected moments such as this one!
Wedding Ceremonies at Liberty Warehouse
Suzzane and Jonathan planned the timing of their ceremony perfectly. The sun was setting over Manhattan when they said their vows.
Wedding Party at Liberty Warehouse
June Florist made the sweetest cascading bouquet for Suzzane.
Wedding Portraits at Liberty Warehouse
Beautiful light, a deserted alley, and a bride brave enough to climb some dirty stairs can result in a gorgeous, dramatic portrait.
Bride and Groom at Liberty Warehouse
We had time for a few more quick portraits before heading back inside for the reception.
Wedding Cake at Liberty Warehouse
Sugar Coated and Brooklyn Cakery provided the cake and the fantastic desserts.
Wedding Reception at Liberty Warehouse
Four TV’s, a smoke machine, and a field of laser lights usually results in a tricky lighting situation, but in this instance all of the elements came together to create a stunning first dance image.
Event at Liberty Warehouse
I love this moment between Suzzane and her mother!
Brooklyn Liberty Warehouse
Extreme Rhythm kept the party going all night long!
View at Liberty Warehouse
This is the only event space that you can see the Statue of Liberty facing towards you!